After you have successfully changed your education level and completed your previous program of study at OSU or INTO OSU, you will receive a new change of level I-20 by the start of the new term which reflects your most current program information. If you are a sponsored student you must present a valid financial guarantee to our office for your new level. If you have further questions about your financial guarantee please contact our sponsored student staff by emailing:

To get your new I-20 you will be required to fill out the Financial Support E-Form to show that you have enough funding to continue at your new level. Once you do this, you will receive an email confirming when your I-20 is ready to be collected.

You will receive an email when your change of level I-20 is ready. New documents can be picked up at the Office of International Services located in University Plaza, Suite 130 during business hours.

Important Considerations


Once your paperwork has been processed by OIS, you should use your new OSU I-20 to re-enter the United States. This new I-20 will have a travel signature.  If you are unable to pick up your new I-20 in time and your  previous I-20 is still valid and has a travel signature then you can use this to enter the US.

F-1 Visa

You will not need to apply for a new F-1 visa when requesting a change of level unless your visa has already expired and you plan to travel outside the United States. Your current F-1 visa will remain valid until its expiration date, regardless of the school name listed on it. You may use your new OSU I-20 to renew your F-1 visa. You will not need to pay the SEVIS fee again.

Please Remember

  • Attend the International Student Progressor Orientation (you will receive an email regarding the time and place of this orientation)

  • Upload your immigration documents to complete check in through

  • Register full-time for your new program

  • New change of level I-20s for Pathway students typically won’t be ready to be picked up until the second week of the new term